Despite the best efforts of the Police and the Council's wardens, anti-social behaviour around Nightingale Avenue continues to be a problem.
The Dispersal Order, extended to run for 6 months, has certainly helped challenge years of anti-social behaviour in the area. I received a number of calls from residents over the Easter weekend, however, when gangs congregated and made life a misery for local people. The Police and Wardens were called, and where necessary, individuals were moved on and names taken.
The enforcement of the Order continues and individuals who have persistently gathered in the Dispersal Zone have been dealt with by the Courts. The Police and Council have agreed to a new Dispersal Order in the same area for a further three months, (it will have by then been in operation for a full 9 months) by which time the CCTV camera should have been installed on the corner of Salters Lane South.
Finally, we're continuing to push for action to be taken to protect those residents who live around the cuts which link Nightingale Avenue and Hardwick Close, and Daryngton Close and Salters Close. These have become popular congregating points for large groups, lying as they do just outside the Dispersal Order zone. I hope that all options, including closure, will be considered in consultation with local people.